Eileen Gray (1878 - 1976) Eileen Gray was born August 9, 1878 in Enniscorthy, Ireland and died October 31, 1976 in Paris at the age of 98 years. She undertook painting studies at the Slade School of Fine Art in 1901. Her first exhibition of panels combining lacquer and rare wood with Japanese motifs in 1913 unfortunately did not attract much enthusiasm. She then moved her interest towards furniture design in steel tubes including the famous Bibendum chair. It led her afterwards to architecture, learning its specificities with Adrienne Gorska and collaborating with Charles Le Corbusier among others. After being forgotten by the architectural community she reached her peak of popularity with a flattering artist Joseph Rykwert publishing an article on her work late in her life.

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